Labor Day Decisions

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Labor day is fast upon us and with the last celebration of Summer.

That means, Decisions! What to cook? How much to cook?

Don’t panic we’ve got ya covered!

Check out these amazing suggestions for your Labor Day party, that won’t blow your budget or your diet!


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Healthier Labor Day Recipes




Asian Marinated Grilled Chicken Thighs

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Add some fusion flair to your next cookout!

Sesame, ginger and garlic add depth to this rich soy marinade.

Low Fat, Low Carb, low Cal & Very delicious!


Here is the recipe….

 Asian Marinated Grilled Chicken Thighs


Oven Roasted Garlic and Asparagus

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This recipe was actually an accident that happened about 5 years ago, but was such a hit, I make it every year now. I had found a wonderful recipe for roasted asparagus, and after I put it in the over, I forgot to set the timer for the over.

The result, was amazing. The kids even loved it, they called it green french fries. So here is the recipe.


Olive oil

1-2 pounds of Fresh asparagus

2 tablespoons of minced garlic (or more if you like)

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

wash asparagus and trim the woody ends off. Place the asparagus and garlic on a baking sheet that is at least 1 inch deep. Coat with olive oil, add salt and pepper, mix well with your hands. Put in the oven for about 15 – 20 minutes, depending on how crispy you like them. Stir once while it is cooking.

Serves about 6 people

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

64 Calories

5 grams total Fat

0 chol.

99 mg sodium (approx)

5 gram carbs

2 grams of dietary fiber

3 grams protein.

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Cranberry Pumpkin Coffee Cake

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Looking for something just a little different, yet still healthy?

Here is an amazing coffee cake that is not only delicious, but it actually more healthy than not.


Recipe Ingredients

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted Butter or maragrine Sticks*
1/4 cup Low Fat Milk *
2 large Eggs, whites only
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1 cup pure canned pumpkin
1/2 cup cranberries
Non-Stick Cooking Spray – Butter Flavor *
powdered sugar for dusting (optional)


Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine all ingredients except for cranberries in a large mixing bowl and mix with a hand mixer until smooth.

Fold in the cranberries.

Spray a Bundt pan with non-stick spray. Pour batter into the Bundt pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes (until toothpick comes out clean).

Let the cake cool before removing from the Bundt pan; cut into slices and top with powdered sugar, if desired.

 Makes 10 servings.

Nutrition Per Serving:

Calories 173
Protein 3g
Carbohydrates 29g
Fat 5g
Saturated Fat 2g
Mono Fat 1g
Poly Fat 0g
Trans Fatty Acid 0g
Cholesterol 6mg
Sodium 177mg
Dietary Fiber 2g
Total Sugars 13g

* For this recipe the following Smart Balance® products were used;

Smart Balance® Low Fat Milk and Omega-3s,   Smart Balance® Blended Butter Sticks,  Smart Balance® Non-Stick Cooking Spray – Butter Flavor